Premature babies need incubators to survive their first days of life; however, they are still lacking in most district hospitals in developing countries. There is thus a need to develop an infant incubator that is affordable, effective and sustainable specifically for the constraints encountered in these contexts.

Project Team

Delphine Amstutz

As a dietician (B. Sc. in Nutrition and dietetics, Geneva, 2011), Delphine has gained experience in clinical nutrition and nutritional education related to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and malnutrition. She is currently working at the University Hospitals of Geneva with migrants and socioeconomically disadvantaged people. Passionate about global health, particularly to try to reduce health inequities, she is eager to think about it with people from different backgrounds.

Ellen De Vos

Ellen De Vos (31) is both a master in Industrial Design and Fine Arts. She lives and works in Belgium. She is mostly intriged by human behaviour and interactions between people. When she´s not working for the University of Applied Science Howest (Kortrijk, Belgium), she´s observing with or without her photocamera. Or she reflects about the future. She even used to do this professionaly at Trendwolves. She´s a food lover and likes traveling.

Federica Ferraro

Federica is a positive-thinker and passionate Biomedical Engineer coming from the sunny southern Italy. She had a classical studies education and then graduated at the engineering University of Naples, developing so cross functional competences. In Italy she worked as a researcher for development of a medical web application and decided to follow her team in Lausanne, where she lives for 2 years. Her curiosity and avidity of knowledge pushed Federica to challenge herself: she is now an IT consultant in West-Switzerland, leading a small team in an international and multicultural environment.

Matthieu Gani

Matthieu is a scientific collaborator at EPFLís cooperation and Development Center (CODEV). After completing an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, he worked on cochlear implants at the Geneva University Hospital, developing research interfaces and conducting tests with patients. He was then employed as a social worker and assistant manager at the Soup Kitchen in Lausanne, Switzerland, providing free meals and guidance to people in need. He joined CODEVís EssentialTech team in 2013 to manage the GlobalNeonat project.

Mohammad Rasool Vaziri Sereshk

Mohammad is a Mechanical Engineer with MSc degree from Politecnico di Torino in Italy. He is currently working as design and development engineer for TERA Foundation at CERN, in which he designs the mechanical layout for novel hadrontherapy gantries and develops different solutions used in cancer treatment. He also has a strong interest in nanotechnology science and its implementation to biomedical and energy fields. His desire to improve public welfare by focusing on community collaboration has led him to humanitarian projects where he employs his expertise in engineering and healthcare technologies for boosting innovative ideas.

Pia Massatsch

Physicist and biomedical engineer, cook and kitchen workshop leader, it’s when things get interdisciplinary and multicultural that Pia enjoys them the most. After a PhD in biomedical optics she chose to focalise on gastronomy for several years and just recently returned to Scientifics. What brought her back was the feeling that all over the world great research was going on, combined with the obvious lack of application even of the most basic discoveries in a major part of the world. She is currently project manager at the EssentialMed foundation.

Riccardo Pfister

PD Dr. R. Pfister PhD is head of Neonatology at the University Hospitals Geneva and Private Docent at Geneva University. He is acting president of the Swiss Society for Neonatology. His research focus is perinatal adaptation and resuscitation, thermoregulation and developmental care with numerous publications in international journals. Dr. Pfister has more than 15 years of experience in cooperation programs for emerging countries, teaching programs on site in addition to education in his busy level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Geneva.

Romain Bazile

Building engineer by training, but passionate about subjects such as electronics, design, astronomy, science and many more, Romain Bazile has multiple hats to play with. Since his involvement in the Team Rhone Alpes with their house Canopea during the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012 (which the team won), he believes in learning by doing and try to tackle every challenge he finds on his path. In his eyes, only multidisciplinary teams can nowadays solve the biggest problems we face on our planet.

Sharon Lin

Sharon is a student, software engineer, and advocate for technology education. She conducts thermochemical nanoelectronics research at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, and is also involved with the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Her work experience includes open source development, graphic design, and hardware programming. She enjoys prototyping software for robotics and Arduino development in her spare time.

Sophie Lonchampt

Sophie graduated in life sciences and technology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. She is very interested in health issues in developing countries and has worked on several projects in Africa. She is now project manager for the GlobalNeoNat project, aiming to develop an essential incubator for developing countries.

Therese Sjursen

Therese is a particle physicist with a PhD on data analysis from the ATLAS experiment at CERN. In her current position as associate professor she is teaching mathematics to engineer students, and has recently accepted a job offer to work as an analyst at Bergen University hospital. She is passionate about science, collaboration and interdisciplinary. Being curious by nature and eager to learn new things, Therese’s motivation for participating on THE Port is to get the experience, inspiration and the chance to build a network for future undertakings.

Utkarsh Garg

Utkarsh is a data analysis freak. He loves taking any data and turning it into knowledge. He is an undergraduate in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology and loves tackling the unsolvable. He has worked on projects in the fields of finance, sustainability, robotics, artificial intelligence, early childhood development, medicine, education and disaster relief. He loves working on multidisciplinary teams, taking ideas from one sector and applying them to other domains.

Zakaria Abushima

Zakaria is a System Architect Intern at Micron, a second year Computer Science entrepreneur, course representative, Student Ambassador, Science and Engineering Ambassador, Futures Programme Ambassador at Manchester Metropolitan University and United Kingdom STEM Ambassador at STEMNET. “I am a hard-worker that believes impossible is saying I’m possible”. He enjoys exercising sports such as Taekwondo and mountain biking. He spends every weekend in a Hackathon. He enjosy reading Japanese Manga.



Drawing of a baby keeping warm under a lamp.
Sustainable Development Goals